Every day I use the same coffee cup. I make the same meals and fold the same clothes. I vacuum the same stain on my carpet, the one I swear I’ll clean one of these days. I drive the same roads to the store, bank, therapy, church, school, and home again. The same hustle and bustle fills my life and the moments begin to melt together. I suddenly lose track of whether it’s Tuesday or Thursday.
As the days begin to grow shorter and the season of pumpkins, scarves, and boots arrive, our family’s calendar gets busier and busier. Activities fill the weeks, but our busyness is the same busyness. I feel stuck and the question comes to my heart: where is God today? In the middle of my ordinary days, I have a hard time feeling His presence and hearing His voice.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (ESV)
One day the word present from Psalm 46 whispered to me in the middle of paper plates and sippy cups. He is right beside me. My God is a present God, and that means even in my ordinary days.
God’s presence is definitely with me during those worship-filled moments where I feel His Spirit move. And He is surely there for me during the desperate moments, when the waves of despair threaten to crush me.
So what about the moments when I’m sweeping crumbs from off of the floor? Or when I’m fixing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the fourth time in a week? Who is this God of the present?
The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:7 (ESV)
The Lord of hosts is a God of angel armies. He is a powerful God and He is close, approachable, and near. The God of Jacob is a personal God. He is God for even just one person. In the unseen battles, He is my refuge, fortress, and shield.
So how do I live in a place of remembering God is all of these things? It isn’t in just doing all of the right things: Bible study and prayer. It is finding Him in the small places, during my regular day.
“We can all see God in exceptional things, but it requires the culture of spiritual discipline to see God in every detail.” Oswald Chambers (November 14)
It is spiritual discipline to see God in the ordinary things. It takes a special kind of vision to see Him working in the small moments. Every time I sort socks or walk the aisle of the grocery store, it takes effort to remember His presence. It takes faith.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
Walking seems so boring, but we are not called to sprint ahead or stand still. So we walk by faith and live in the present. We see His goodness, faithfulness, and mercy in the details.
When my child crawls into my lap for a snuggle, I see His hand. That moment when my friend texts me in the middle of the day to say she is praying for me, I remember He cares for me. When I have food to eat, I praise Him for the provision. On and on, these things remind me of His presence.
It takes discipline and practice to see Him. God is near. Let’s walk by faith, and see Him even in the small details. Start today.
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